On Wednesday, the Senate Finance Committee will convene a hearing to mark up a bill to grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia. Several amendments to the bill (S. 3285) have been filed with the Committee. The NAM sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee leadership to support swift action on PNTR. The hearing will convene at 9:30 a.m. in 215 Dirksen Senate Office, and a webcast will be available on the committee’s website.
Russia is slated to join the WTO after it approves the accession agreement, which was agreed to in December 2011 after 18 years of negotiations.
You can learn more about benefits of PNTR at the NAM’s web page, with resources and information about PNTR with Russia. You can also take action and contact your Congressman or Senators here.
Lauren Airey is director of trade facilitation policy, National Association of Manufacturers.
Lauren Wilk is the Director of Trade Facilitation Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In that capacity, Lauren works with NAM member companies to develop and advocate the association’s position on export controls, sanctions, export credit and financing, international investment, trade facilitation and customs issues, export promotion and other policies related to national security and global competitiveness. She currently serves on the steering committee of the Coalition for Security and Competitiveness and the Exporters for Ex-Im Coalition.
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